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in power. and he tells president obama, he doesn't understand the risks of pushing mubarak to step down now. in cure the regime continue to target journalists and gun fire continues in the streets. pro democracy dmen straightors stand their ground, promising a big push on what they call farewell friday to prove president mubarak has no choice but to go. here in washington, the administration stands firm and rejects complaints from other arab allies. >> the egyptian people expect a meaningful process that yields concrete changes. >> some on the right stay white house is wrong but republican senator john mccain not only backs president obama's approach, he passionately takes issue with those who say the best course is for america to prop up egypt's dictator. >> i'm not a starry eyed idealist. i know the nature of war and i think i understand these issues. and i understand the criticalness. for us to be on the side of government that are repressive can never help us. >> the front line of egypt's revolution, anderson cooper is live from cairo. on this night we do not have a live image to show o
hour. there's growing concern the obama administration is sending mixed signals to egypt with the defense secretary robert gates now speaking out about the crisis for the first time, and he's praising, praisie ining in strong terms and words, the egyptian military. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she has details. what's the latest. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, the white house calling for a media change and the state department calling for a processive change. one thing seems very clear. the protesters are not going away. with crowds swelling in cairo's tahrir square, a greater sense of urgency from the u.s. that the egyptian government needs to show change is coming. in a phone call u.s. vice president joe biden telling egyptian vice president omar suleiman there must be a transition with, quote, immediate, irreversible progress. >> vice president suleiman made particularly unhelpful comments about egypt not being ready for democracy, about not seeing a lift of the emergency law, and i don't -- i don't think that in any way squares with what th
demonstration to date. here in washington, the obama administration is playing down concerns that if president mubarak is forced out, radical islamists could cease power. yet, there's a sense of frustration and uncertainty at the white house. the administration has made clear to president mubarak he needs an exit strategy but sees no evidence as yet he is ready for a true dialogue with his critics. as one official put it to me, "it is not clear he is listening, and he may try to overstay his already overstayed time." and we have more from cairo. >> reporter: hi, john. on that point you were just making there about the concern that exists that if the moib regime should fall there would be some islamic government that would take over, a lot of strong opinions on that front from the streets of cairo. people saying that, no, that is not the case because this is not an islamic revolt. this is a revolt of the people and what they do want is democracy. and anyone who comes into power should president mubarak should fall should be held as accountable as he is being held by the population right now. th
and rush limbau limbaugh. michael medved how that's playing on the right. >>> most of the media chids obama for not cutting enough government spending. and by the way, should the taxpayer still be coughing up cash for public broadcasting? i'm howard curtz and this is reliable sources. lara logan was supposed to be a guest on this program last week. she was going to come here to the studio and talk about how she had been arrested and handcuffed and detained by the egyptian army reporting on the protests that rocked the country. then she told us she was going back to cairo days after the detention that made her violently ill and she would join us by satellite on sunday morning. on saturday, her producer sent word she kontd make it, she was heading back to the united states. earlier this week we found out the sickening news of what actually had happened. >> lara was covering celebrations in cairo when she was surrounded by a mob, sexually assaulted and beaten. she was rescued by a group of women and egyptian soldiers. lara is back in the states now and we're pleased to report she's recovering
of them. >>> president obama meanwhile is meeting with his top national security advisers. we're going to have much more on what the white house is doing. what's been the white house role in all these dramatic developments in egypt? the obama administration putting pressure on the egyptian president to step down. stay with us for that. also, egypt's control of a vital oil shipping lane. if the crisis continues, we could all feel the impact. you know, when i grow up, i'm going to own my own restaurant. i want to be a volunteer firefighter. when i grow up, i want to write a novel. i want to go on a road trip. when i grow up, i'm going to go there. i'm going to work with kids. i want to fix up old houses. [ female announcer ] at aarp we believe you're never done growing. i want to fall in love again. [ female announcer ] together we can discover the best of what's next at aarp.org. >>> jack cafferty certainly following the break news, all the developments here in the united states as well as in egypt. jack is here with "the cafferty file." jack? >> some estimates put the estimates of egyp
president obama is trying to make peace, or at least detaunt. >> maybe if we had brought over a fruit cake we would have gotten off to a better star. >>> that and a rare scene with newt gingrich, ahead. >>> but first the state department tonight is raising new kern concerns that the egyptian government is excluding dialogue to end the protests. that same complaint in tahrir square, from prodemocracy protesters -- nic robertson joins us live with the latest. and nic, traffic jams today, so some images of a return to normalcy, but when you talk to people involve in the diplomacy and negotiations, boy, is there a lot of mistrust. >> reporter: there is, and i guess one of the strangest images for me today, john, was to see a group of about 30 to 40 policemen in their freshly cleaned and pressed yuan uniforms, looking very smug, standing in front of their burned out police station in alexandria, an incredible juxtaposition, these police have suddenly come back en masse on monday morning to do their jobs, guiding traffic, they have a history of taking bribes off of drivers at busy intersections,
of the day. our question to you is about president obama's faith. he spoke about it today, addressing the belief by some that he is a muslim and not a christian. carol costello is here. he keeps facing the same question. >> i know, he does. president obama got personal abouts had faith his morning at the national prayer breakfast, talking about how accepted jesus christ in his life and a poll shows that only a minority of americans know he is a christian and a growing number of americans who believe she a muslim. the white house says his speech is not in response to those who love to call him barack hussein obama. >> my christian faith has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years. all the more so when michelle and i hear our faith questioned. from time to time. we are reminded that ultimately what maurtters is not what othe people say about us but whether we are being true to our conscience and god. >> according to pugh research half of americans correctly identify the presidents a christian. here is your time to talk back. what will it take for people to believe presi
president obama's birth certificate was over, you haven't been paying attention. new state legislation, tonight a montana lawmaker says fe has no idea if president obama was born in america. >>> trying to keep iran's oppressive rulers honest as they try to crush their uprising at home. we begin with the brutal crackdown in iran and the courage of a protester speaking out. a voice the government of iran wants to silence. a voice belonging to a young woman who is risking her life tonight to get her message out to you. we're calling her sarah. her fellow pro-tess sors have been arrested. at least one is dead, shot by iranian government agents, shot by a government that is as brutal as hypocritical. if you what about to see what the iranian government is like, what its parliament is like, take a look at this. they're chanting death to two main opposition leaders in iran. that is the iranian parliament chanting for the death of two iranians, baying for blood. can you imagine american lawmakers doing that, being led in their chants by a religious figure? it's hard to imagine this. in iran, h
are criticizing michelle obama for creating what they say is a nanny state. carol costello joins us from washington. carol what is the concern here? what is the complaint? >> well, the concern is with the allegations that michelle obama wants to create a nanny state. it started with michelle obama's little garden at the white house. she invited children to plant vegetables to encourage kids to eat healthy, the start of her childhood anti-obesity campaign, which many people said was a no downside issue. wrong. turns out some conservatives say that planted the seeds of her real goal, to create a nanny state, an allegation that gained steam when she championed breast feeding because some people say breast feeding leads to slimmer adults, and that came around the time that the irs said breast pumps could be a tax deduction. michelle bachman says to think that the government has to buy my breast pump for my babies, i think you just got the definition of the nanny state, and yesterday sarah palin jumped on that band wagon again. >> it's no wonder that michelle obama is saying, you better breas
police. and what's the worst part about being president of the united states? president obama may wish he could take another stab at answering that question and talk a little bit less about himself. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the observeway white house is warning egypt that words are not enough. no more, and that the mubarak government must take concrete steps towards greater freedom and democracy. let's go straight to the white house. our correspondent dan lothian is joining us with the latest. sensitive times, dan, for the president, but these are critically important issues. >> reporter: that's right, and all of the energy here at the white house is focused on strongly encouraging this transition process along, realizing that it is not easy because, as one official pointed out here at the white house today, the situation on the ground in egypt changes from hour to hour, so as robert gibbs says it's going to be a bumpy road. strolling back to the white house from his u.s. chamber of commerce speech president obama struck an optimistic tone on the process to resolv
including president obama's grass root organizations. they include limits on collective bargaining. among the governor's proposals, prohibiting unions from deducting dues from paychecks. cash-strapped states from coast to coast are watching this showdown. so is the president of the united states. >> some of what i have heard coming out of wisconsin where you are just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions. >> governor walker says he had no choice and was elected to make tough decisions. the plan is in limbo, because state senate democrats, they boycotted their session and there was not enough members to move ahead with the planned votes. let's discuss the states and the national implications. joining us, candy crowley and dana bash. somebody watching in utah or california or massachusetts might say, why do i care? if you don't live in the dakotas, there is a problem. >> you have red ink and that's the huge difference between here, where you print more money, in the states where you are qurequired to balance your bud
at the wisconsin state capital. as you said, the drama has made it all the way to the without. president obama criticized the budget bill, saying that it seemed like it was, quote, short-sighted thinking on the part of the governor. listen here to president obama. >> i would say, as a general proposition, that everybody's got to make some adjustments to new fiscal realities. we had to impose, for example, a freeze on pay increases for federal workers for the next two years as part of my overall budget freeze. on the other hand, some of what i have heard coming out of wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. >> reporter: the president through press secretary jay carney, he reiterated his boss's point, saying the president doesn't think this is the right way to fix a shorefall, but on the other end, john boehner is criticizing the president and defending scott walker. in a statement he released, he said, in part, quote, rather than shouten down those in office who speak honestly about the challen
's an image from the demonstration that speaks volumes. yes we can too. the theme borrowed from the 2008 obama campaign and a pointed message who believe this white house has been too slow to embrace their cause. the administration told mubarak he needed to do more, including an attempt to bring in opposition leaders and emergency government over the past 24 hours. they went further telling the president he lost washington support and needed to orchestrate a transition and just now the president sent this message to the protesters on the ground >> the people in egypt, particularly the young people of egypt, i want to be clear. we hear your voices. i have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny. >> so now what is not just a question in egypt. ed henry is working sources on where the administration sees this crisis heading. ed? >> in private they are much bolder than they are in public. you heard the president go only so far there even in backing the protesters in extending his hand and say we hear your voices, also in public as you netted, maybe a push to the president and
. >> the recovery continues, be wru wr are the jobs? ali velshi is off this week. if president obama is going to keep, he needs to figure out a way to get americans back to work. >> our measure of success has to be weather every american who wants a job can find a job. whether this country is still the place where you can make it if you try. michael steele is the former chairman of the republican national committee. michael, we saw republicans work with the administration to get tax cuts extended, and it resulted in positive momentum for president obama. what is the political incentive for republicans to unite with him on job creation ahead of the november 2012 election? >> well, i think the incentive is it gives the republicans an opportunity to speak with clarity on their views on how jobs are created where we invest in the private sector, not in government institutions. that putting in place the very strategies, whether tax cuts or reduction in spending on various areas of the economy, that will allow that to invest and grow, those conversations are important to have now. that argument has
to the budget laid out by president obama. first impressions from the gop house members are that the budget cuts don't go deep enough. >>> that does it for us. happy valentine's day. we'll see you back here tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. eastern. now over to suzanne malveaux. >>> i'm suzanne malveaux. we want to get you caught up on valentine's day. happy valentine's day to you, february 14th. >>> president obama sent congress his budget plan for 2012 and it calls for spending $3.7 trillion. the white house says the blueprint, this draft, will cut the deficit more than $1 trillion over the next decade. >> when i was sworn in as president, i pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term. the budget i'm proposing today meets that pledge and puts us on a path to pay for what we spend by the middle of the decade. we do this in part by eliminating waste and cutting whatever spending we can do without. as i start, i've called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. >> republicans immediately complain that the president is spending too much and cutting too little. bud
of president obama's new budget blueprint for 1212. it includes billions of dollars of spending cuts, airports, heat subsidies for the poor, water treatment plants, pell grants for higher education, some of the targets, and we're taking a hard look at budget and how both parties are dodging the biggest most painful cuts, despite all of those i just mentioned. let's bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. the bottom line is despite all of those cuts critics are pouncing. >> reporter: they really are. i should say, first of all, from the president on down and other aides at the white house, they do say there is a lot of pain in this budget, that they did have to make some tough choices, but democrats think that it went too far. some republicans say that it didn't go far enough, especially when it comes to tackling the massive federal deficit. president obama's own debt commission laid out an ominous assessment last year warning of fiscal cancer without drastic surgery on the federal deficit. >> it's going to destroy our country from within. the problem is real. the solutions are pain
ambassador in cairo the day before he stepped down saying the united states, the obama administration was naive, they didn't understand who was behind these demonstrators, the muslim brotherhood or iran or hamas and that the u.s. would regret its support for the demonstrators. i want you to react to that. >> i have no particular knowledge of that conversation. i believe the american/egyptian relationship is a deep and lasting one, one that both parties have extracted immense interest and benefits from. and i presume that these relations will continue to flourish. >> i guess the question is, do you agree with mubarak, assuming the reports are accurate. do you agree with former president mubarak that the u.s. is naive about the muslim brotherhood. >> >> i believe all factions in egypt, all political factions in egypt are going to partake in developing the way forward and will do so under the supervision of this youth revolution that was widely supported and will take their lead from the electorate and from the people, who will put them in office. >> as you know, there's a lot of specula
. >>> happening now, president barack obama says he's eager to have an adult conversation about overspending. we're deciphering the main messages of his surprise news conference. >>> plus, death chants by iranian lawmakers. they are trying to snuff out anti-government protests by calling for the execution of some opposition leaders. >>> and after months of scandal, italy's prime minister now facing trial on sex and abuse of power charges. we have an exclusive interview with a woman who is being investigated for hooking him up with young women. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jessica yellin. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama faced reporters today after enduring 24 hours of mostly bad reviews about his new budget blueprint. he used a hastily called news conference to defend his spending plan as well as his response to the revolution in egypt, and he laid down some new markers for his next two years in office. our senior white house correspondent ed henry was there. ed, the president seemed pretty defensive today. >> reporter: he was a little defensive in dealing with the situation
their embattled president does. >>> here in washington, president obama delivered yet another nudge, warning the regime to begin a transition now and not to stall in hopes the energy on the streets fades. >> going back to the old ways is not going to work. suppression is not going to work. engaging in violence is not going to work. attempting to shut down information flows is not going to work. >> we'll map out the day's major developments including a mystery about the reckless driving of this white van right here. this van may have belonged to the u.s. embassy. we'll answer that mystery ahead. >>> also a leading voice of egypt's muslim brother hood joins us. we'll get fareed zakaria's take on whether the cracks are emerging in egypt's government. >>> anderson cooper watched up close as the army made a surprising decision to ease its crackdown and protect the protesters. anderson joins us now live from cairo. anderson? >> reporter: john, an extraordinary day after the last 48 hours in which we have seen brutality on just on a large scale against these anti-mubarak protesters by pro-mubarak f
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the vice president, heard from secretary of state hillary clinton, but then president obama himself today essentially calling the iranian regime hypocrite, saluted the demonstrators on the streets of egypt but now beating and quashing their own opposition at home. how does that impact the debate inside iran? >> reporter: what we are hearing from the obama administration is much different from what we heard two years ago. remember, there was some people who criticized the obama administration for not being vocal enough, they are playing their cards differently. they are leaning on the iranian regime more, they are adding more pressure on them and vocally coming out in support of the opposition movement l that be effective? will that be any different? it remains to be seen. >> reza sayah, as always, thanks for your help. from those troubling images iran, let's take a peek at egypt. much more encouraging pictures out of egypt today. this is the facebook page that was used to organize the demonstrations. remember, you had up here a more militant figure urging demonstrations, now, dreams came
obama in the 2008 elections and has been relatively quiet on that subject in recent months. who better to talk about the democracy movements in the middle east, north africa and u.s. politics and the president's new budget and much more. welcome back, george. >> my pleasure. >> do you think what is going on in the arab world right now reminds you of 1989 when you were very active in helping those countries move to freedom? >> it is very similar. it's historic event, at least equally importance to what happened then. and it really is a spontaneous desire of people living in closed societies to shake off the dictatorship and corrupt regimes and to move towards democracy. the big difference between 1989 and now is that there it was a -- the soviet dictatorship that was collapsing. here its our allies that are changing. and now we have to actually regain the confidence and alliance of the people in these countries. >> in eastern europe, the people were for us because we opposed those regimes. >> that's right. >> here we have supported the regimes so the people look at us, at least with som
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the same thing. parker sp . >>> tonight to the ink on president obama's new budget is -- we'll talk to dick armey and allan simpson. it was the big question last week, we heard it over and over again. could the rage that brought down ro hosni mubarak spill into neighboring countries. the answer is yes. yemen, algeria, bahrain. protesters are coming out to challenge autocratic rulers. in iran, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through iran. it was the largest rally against president ahmadinejad since the presidential election in 2009. a man believed to be a member of the state militia attempts to rescue a poster. one person was killed during the protests today. take a look at this angry confrontation. dozens more were injured. next, yes, ma' yemen. at least 17 were injured in the fighting, protesters are camping in the streets, vowing to stay until the president steps down. >> the bahrain, heavily armed police fired tear gas introgroups of protesters. anti-government groups inspired by egypt and teen viennesa. the king had announced a $2,700 family to each family in order to calm te
, but how far would and could the obama administration go to prevent a full fledged massacre? >>> and a powerful earthquake leaves one of new zealand's largest cities in ruins. dozens are dead, and more may be trapped under crumbled buildings and chunks of concrete. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we fin with a very, very real danger that anti-government protesters in libya could be slaughtered in huge numbers. the strong man moammar gadhafi making it clear today that he won't go down without a fight. eight days into the demonstrations against gadhafi's regime, at least one person in the libyan capital is reported hearing bullets are being fired non-stop. this is the picture gadhafi wants the world to see. we're told libyans were dragged into the street and even offered money to show their support though for gadhafi. and in a rambling speech today, the libyan leader rejected demands that he step down, and he warned that his opponents would pay with their lives. >> translator: whoever cooperate with foreign countries in order to initiate war against libya
's the view inside the obama administration, could iran turn into the next egypt. they're being aggressive in their public statements about iran. >> they are, but they are realistic about the fact that iran is a different ball game, you just talked about it, it is extremely repressive. the level of repression is much higher actually, than it was in egypt, and almost anywhere they're executing, torturing, rounding up people, so realistically, to think that something could happen that easily, there's no illusion i think here. that said, there is that tide of people's movements that is definitely sweeping. you just showed the map, sweeping that region. by saying that perhaps the same thing, the people of iran should take the same rights that everyone else is entitled to could be a powerful message. also, don't forget after the 2009 election in iran, the united states did not speak out very forcefully, very quickly, and now it is. so they are changing. they're being much more aggressive. >> fareed, the hypocrisy of the iranian regime is pretty extraordinary for them to be praising the egyptian
surv surveyed. >>> the obama white house, meanwhile, is urging the egyptian government to do much, much more to satisfy the demands of protesters, and that includes lifting the state of emergency, expanding negotiations with opposition groups, and making major constitutional reforms. administration officials are defending the president's handling of the egypt crisis now, and in the leadup to the revolt. let's go to the whooite house, r correspondent dan lothian standing by. dan, lots of questions about whether or not the administration should have been more conclude in about the temperature, what's going on in the middle east. >> reporter: that's right. that's right, wolf. in fact, there's finger-pointing, especially up on capitol hill where some lawmakers are wondering whether or not the administration got from the intelligence community timely analysis, did they get anything, any information that something was lacking, but the white house says that they believe nothing could have predicted exactly what happened. president obama relies on his intelligence community to sniff out trouble
. >> u.s. president barack obama warns it's time for america to live within its means as he lays out proposals to reduce his country's $14 trillion federal debt. >>> and we examine the rising price we're all paying for basics like wheat. and the impact that's having on food aid to afghanistan. >>> let's start by checking in on stock markets here in europe, open now for 62 minutes and here is whether they stand, if we can have a look at the numbers. just up slightly in the case of the london ftse, unabout a third of a percent for paris and zur, the xetra dax, somewhere between the two. one stock that's moving today is barclays, barclays banks based here in the uk, the bank's earnings are up almost one-third from last year, $9.8 billion. barclays shares last time i looked were up by just over 1.6%. now, growth figures out today from france and germany have both proved disappointing. those are likely to weigh on market sentiment. perhaps more on that in a moment. the french economy grew one third of a percentage point in the last quarter of 2010 and germany expanded just 0.4%. economist
it for yourself. >>> and president obama says protesters in egypt have options. you'll hear his latest strategy on the stalemate in the news right now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. the top story, it's now early morning in cairo. pro democracy demonstrators entrenched in tahrir square. listen to that. you can hear it. soldiers fired warning shots over the square when demonstrators began surging toward army tanks. and elsewhere modest signs that life is slowly returning to normal for many egyptians. banks opened for the first time in ten days allowing people and businesses to withdraw cash. >>> president obama talked about democratic reform in egypt. he was asked about the potential role of the muslim brotherhood in a new egyptian government. take a listen to what he said. >> i think the muslim brotherhood is one faction in northern egypt. they don't have the majority support but they are well organized but there are strains of their ideology that are anti-u.s., there's no doubt about it. here's what we have to understand. there are a whole bunch of secular folks in egypt. there are
to the regime and that the white house a short time ago, president obama ended days of personal silence on the libya cry says. the president said hillary clinton would attend an emergency meeting of the united nations human rights council, that the administration is mulling sanctions and other options and he condemned gadhafi's promise that anti-government protesters would be executed. >> the suffering and blood shed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. >> more on the president's statement and u.s. options in a moment. and we are tonight closely tracking a ferryboat now up here in tripoli scheduled to take americans to safety in malta, but it is at the peer in will i be qua overnight because of bad weather. let's first though get an up cho look at what many see as the beginning of the end of the gadhafi regime.cho look at what many see as the beginning of the end of the gadhafi regime. be
obama condemning moammar gadhafi's attacks on protesters and his vow to execute his enemies. the unrest, the violence and the threats exploding in libya this week. gadhafi acting and sounding as defiant and as dangerous as ever. the libyan leader appeared yesterday before seemingly supportive crowds in tripoli where his opponents have been largely scared off the streets. but outside the capitol opposition forces have been gaining ground moving closer and closer to gadhafi's power center. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is one of the few reporters inside libya. he's been in the midst of the protests in libya's second largest city benghazi. [ chant [ speaking in foreign language ] ♪ si [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: this demonstration in benghazi gives you an idea of the passion of the people of this city, the passion of so many libyans who have been thirsting for 42 years for this sort of opportunity, the chance to express themselves freely. [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: we arrived in this city. and from the beginning, everywhere we w
and the obama administration seizing the moment. now issuing an urgent new call for democracy in iran. could the government of ahmadinejad be the next to fall in the middle east? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a defiant moammar gadhafi is refusing to acknowledge any signs of political turmoil in his country. in interviews with the bbc and abc news reported today that gadhafi fiercely denied using force against his own people. >> they love me. all my people are with me. they love me owl. they will die to protect me and my people. no, no, no. >> if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing benghazi and they say they are against you there? >> my people, they come from outside. >> he was referring to al qaeda. meanwhile, the u.s. treasury department has announced it's freezing at least $30 billion in libyan government assets here in the united states. it's reportedly the largest amount ever blocked under any sanctions program. we're covering this story from every angle on the ground as only the global resources of cnn can. let's go to our senior international c
's senior white house correspondent ed henry kicks off our coverage. president obama just passed the two-year mark in office. is he likely to face a liberal primary challenge? >> well, that's a big question for this president. and the new cnn opinion research corporation poll suggests he is highly unlikely to face a primary challenge. that would be good news, obviously, for this white house. look at these numbers. 78% of democrats now saying that their choice for the democratic nomination in 2012 is president obama. only 20% saying they want another democrat. now why is that important? since 1968, there have been four incumbent presidents who faced a primary challenge. all four either stepped aside, retired, didn't run again, or just lost outright lost in the general election. this is a big deal. if he does not have a primary challenge, it makes him a lot stronger in 2012. >> the republicans, seems like a wide open field of candidates. have they come anywhere close to unifying behind just one? >> reporter: no. they are nowhere close to being unified behind a candidate but what is interes
and harassment severely paralyzing their ability to broadcast on the air. >>> and president obama issues his strongest message yet to the egyptian government. warning, and i'm quoting him now, going back to the old days is not going to work. let's start with the bloody fighting right now between opposing protesters. that fighting spreading to new parts of cairo. cnn's ivan watson is joining us with the very latest. ivan, i know you're at tahrir square, and it looks like there's some significant crowds still gathered, even though it's now just past midnight. >> reporter: that's right. thousands of people here, more than we've seen in the past, and really a remarkable turnaround here considering that throughout the day and night on wednesday and thursday this was basically a war zone, and on friday it was a giant political rally made possible in part by the egyptian military providing a bit more security and apparently holding back some of the pro-government demonstrators. that said, while the scene here has been peaceful, there's been music. there have been speeches. there has been poetry, an
suleiman has said unequivocally that the president will not step down. president obama said he must stay in office in order to steer changes through. it appears that president mubarak is going to stay. what happens next? >> well, fareed, i think this is onlyi i continuing the sta continuing the stand-off. i think the people are very clear that mubarak has to retire, in dignity but he has to go. there's a huge question of credibility. people have no credibility, if he doesn't leave, the regime would retrench and then come back with vengeance. and you hear different voices. very clear he should go. frank wisner came with this statement saying that mubarak must stay which created a lot of confusion, lot of disappointment, i should say to you here in egypt. people who are very happy with barack obama's statement that the time is now. mubarak will be stubborn but it's not really a person of issue, it's an issue of the country. people want to see a new regime and mubarak to step down is a clear indication that we are on the throes of the second republic, if you like. unless he does that, we wi
and not mubarak. i want to show you a clip of the interview and talk to you. >> your message to president obama is what? >> my message to president obama is -- and i have lots of respect for him. i worked with him and i have a lot of admiration for him. i tell him, you need to review your policy. you need to let go of mubarak. you shouldn't be behind the curve. you need to start with confidence with the people and not with the people smothering the people. >> anderson, this persistent thing now that america has been on the wrong side of the fence, it's a difficult situation because america for 30 years has been a good ally for mubarak and he's done a good job for americans. is it fair to criticize president obama now for not going against him or do you understand the difficulties? >> reporter: when you hear protesters in the square concerned about whether or not it's fair from their vantage point the u.s. has been supporting a regime which has been corrupt, which has been arresting people, torturing people and which has been not meeting their needs for some 30 years, certainly over the last ten
. >>> president obama will hold a news conferences at 11:00 a.m. eastern. you can see is here on cnn and likely talk about his 2012 budget unveiled yesterday and cut into many programs but with the aim of getting us at least to hack about a trillion dollars off the budget. >>> this morning, we are talking about your wallet and your world. we are following two major stories. prices are rising. food, clothing and appliances, just about everything you buy is about to cost more. then more protests ripple across the arab world. more violence erupts. two of the targeted regimes are u.s. allies. a third a u.s. foe and all could have a direct bearing on the united states. >>> we begin this hour with developing news just minutes ago, the white house announced that president obama will hold a morning news conference and comes one day after releasing his proposed budget and amid rises tide and protests and violence sweeping through the arab world. we have a preview with cnn's indicate bolduan at the white house. >> we did find out a short time ago that the president will be holding a press conference at 1
the most attention from the obama administration. it encouraged the iranian opposition and today hillary clinton had this message for tehran. >> we are against violence and we would call to account the iranian government that is once again using its security forces and resorting to violence to prevent the free sxegs of ideas from their own people. >> we need to note that reporting from iran is extremely difficult. the iranian regime sharply restricts visas for journalists and even those in the country were denied permission to cover the street demonstrations. also the iranian government has slowed the internet to a crawl in an attempt to limit protest organizing and to limit what gets in and out of the country. add in the chilling effect of citizens jailed in the past for merely talking to international reporter, and you get a sense of the difficulty. of covering this story in iran. but we've still been able to piece together some extraordinary details. what do we know about the activities in the last 24 hours? >> reporter: this is the day that will go down in a day that iran's oppositio
crackdown on anti-government protesters. president obama plans to speak out about the situation in libya in just a matter of minutes. we'll have live coverage here. critics have been questioning the president's silence. stand by for that. >>> oil prices spike to the highest level in over two years amid reports that libya's production has stalled. this hour, how the unrest there could threaten the economy here in the united states. >>> and a new legal move by the obama administration reignites the divisive debate over same-sex marriage. amid revolts overseas and budget battles here at home, a lot of people are asking why now? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these are some of the latest pictures of libyans demanding freedom and defying moammar gadhafi's brutal crackdown. opposition forces have made gains outside the capital of tripoli a day after gadhafi vowed to fight to the death to hold on to power, but witnesses tell us the streets of tripoli are virtually empty right now, except for blood, bodies and burned cars. the white house says president obama will speak out in
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